Tongue to become computer controller

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Boffins in America are hoping to come up with a new computer interface that uses the tongue.

While not advocating snogging your computer, the boffins think that they can build a virtual keyboard in your mouth with your teeth as a keyboard and tongue to operate it.

Maysam Ghovanloo, a Georgia Tech assistant professor who leads the team's research said that punters could have full control over their environment by moving their tongue. Philosophically speaking, no change there then.

The tongue interface is being designed for disabled people and will allow them to manipulate wheelchairs, manage home appliances and control computers.

Currently the design has been labelled grotesque, but is coming along, apparently.

The tongue has the advantage as an interface because it is wired up to the brain rather than the spinal cord and works when other parts of the body don't.
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